Idioms With “Jump” and Meanings


List of idioms with the word “Jump” and the meanings. Idioms about “Jump” and expressions.

Climb/jump on the bandwagon : to join the crowd in following a popular position, cause, activity, or fashion
1. Susan was never one to follow the trends of the times just because everyone else did. You couldn’t accuse her of climbing on the bandwagon.
2. The senator was a supporter of medical care for everyone in the country long before it became a popular cause. Now, however, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.


The expression is often uncomplimentary. A person who is described as climbing on the bandwagon has not joined the crowd out of commitment, but out of peer pressure.

Idioms With "Jump" and Meanings

Jump the gun : to do something prematurely; to start early, before all the preparations have been made.
1. You can’t begin the project yet. You’re going to have to wait until the plan is thoroughly developed. Don’t jump the gun.
2. You bought your son a football and he’s only six weeks old. Don’t you think you’re jumping the gun a little?


The expression probably originates from foot racing, in which an overly anxious runner would accidentally begin the race before the starting gun was fired.

Jumping-off point : a starting place or inspiration
1. Kelly used her mother’s lasagna recipe as a jumping-off point, but added her favorite ingredients to make it the way she liked it.
2. Joe used sheet music as a jumping-off point for his song. He played the tune as written, but added to it as he went.

This expression is usually used for discussions or creative pursuits.

jump all over someone and jump down someone’s throat : jump on someone to scold someone severely. (Slang.)

  • If I don’t get home on time, my parents will jump all over me.
  • Don’t jump on me! I didn’t do it!
  • Please don’t jump all over John. He wasn’t the one who broke the window.
  • Why are you jumping down my throat?I wasn’t even in the house when it happened.

jump at something : to seize the opportunity to do something. (Usually with it.)

  • When I heard about John’s chance to go to England, I knew he’d jump at it.
  • If something you really want to do comes your way, jump at it.

Idioms With "Jump" and Meanings


jump at the chance and jump at the opportunity : leap at the opportunity to take advantage of a chance to do something.

  • John jumped at the chance to go to England.
  • I don’t know why I didn’t jump at the opportunity myself.
  • I should have leaped at the chance. jump at the opportunity

jump bail and skip bail : to fail to appear in court for trial and give up one’s bail bond. (Slang.)

  • Not only was Bob arrested for theft, he skipped bail and left town. He’s in a lot of trouble.
  • I thought only criminals jumped bail.

jump out of one’s skin : to react strongly to shock or surprise. (Informal. Usually with nearly, almost, etc. Never used literally.)

  • Oh! You really scared me. I nearly jumped out of my skin.
  • Bill was so startled he almost jumped out of his skin.

jump the gun : to start before the starting signal. (Originally used in sports corf-tests which are started by firing a gun.)

  • We all had to start the race again because Jane jumped the gun.
  • When we took the test, Tom jumped the gun and started early.

jump the track : 1. (for something) to fall or jump off the rails or guides. (Usually said about a train.)

  • The train jumped the track causing many injuries to the passengers.
  • The engine jumped the track, but the other cars stayed on.

2. to change suddenly from one thing, thought, plan, or activity to another.

  • The entire project jumped the track, and we finally had to give up.
  • John’s mind jumped the track while he was in the play, and he forgot his lines.

Idioms With "Jump" and Meanings

jump through a hoop and jump through hoops : to do everything possible to obey or please someone; to bend over backwards to do something. (Informal. Trained animals jump through hoops.)

  • She expects us to jump through hoops for her.
  • What do you want me to do—jump through a hoop?

jump to conclusions and leap to conclusions : to judge or decide something without having all the facts; to reach unwarranted conclusions.

  • Now don’t jump to conclusions. Wait until you hear what I have to say.
  • Please find out all ‘the facts so you won’t leap to conclusions.


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